“Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage.” Philippians 2:3,4
One evening on the way to a high school basketball game and to watch my daughter Susan perform in a pregame color guard show, I arrived with only a few minutes to spare. As I walked into the auditorium, I grabbed a dollar bill out of my wallet to buy a 50/50 fund-raiser ticket. As I headed for the sales table, I saw a man going in the same direction and quickened my pace. Then I stepped in front of him, slapped down my dollar, and got my ticket.
At half time, the announcer said, “Get your 50/50 tickets out.” He called the winning number: 355. My number: 354! The prize: $255.00.
Since retiring I’ve learned to pace myself so that I don’t have to rush anywhere. That doesn’t mean I’m never late. It means I never push my way to the front for selfish reasons. And, I’ve become more patient while waiting my turn.
Lord, help me see how much more I can win by not being so pushy. Amen.